Company : Regina Industries Ltd.

Category : Plastic Injections

Key Products : Product Development Process, Plastic Injection Moulding Machine, Injection Mould Tooling, Tubular Glass Containers, Precision Machined Products

Regina Industries Ltd, established in 1949, is a pioneer in plastic injection moulding and glassmaking. Based in the town Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK, the company specialises in providing dynamic manufacturing solutions to sectors including Scientific, Food and Pharmaceuticals. Additionally, the company also cater to scientific organizations. Our company has unparalleled tool making and precision machining capabilities.

Product Development Process

Regina Industries provide product development services for new projects. The company’s in-house engineers use the latest 3D modeling/rendering software, such as SolidWorks CAD, to develop your product prototype optimised to your technological and costing needs. Our company handles the entire product development process, from design through to moulding, using state-of-the-art machinery and superior expertise.

Regina focuses on three phases in the product development process of plastic parts:

a. Product Development Design

The design phase comes after conceptualization of the final product based on customer requirements, constraints, plant requirements, regulatory viewpoints and others. We will produce engineering designs of products and also work on designs provided by the client.

SolidWorks is the high-end CAD software used to design and analyse concepts. The final design is designated with precise engineering parameters along with their tolerance values.

However, the role of designing doesn’t end with geometry. Our design software has inbuilt analysis modules that measure the effects various external influences have on that particular variant of the design. These modules can include Finite Element Analysis software, NASTRAN, FORTRAN and many others. These allow for corrections and modifications of the simulated product.

Other functions of design software are simulation and quality control, which include non-destructive testing.

b. Product Development Prototype

Once the design phase is complete, the methods of manufacturing the prototype - the initial variant of a new device - are laid down. This involves designing CNC machining instructions and the tools required to manufacture the prototype. The performance of the prototype is analyzed using PLM software and is modified as per the results.

c. Product Development Engineer

The designers at the company then create a scaled, mass-producible product from the prototype with all the additional features and modifications required. Since the company mainly produces plastic products, it creates moulds and dies to produce the final product and uses only industrial grade polymers as the moulding material. Regina Industries also uses a line of sophisticated plastic moulding machine to fabricate the final product.

Plastic Injection Moulding Machine

Plastic injection moulding has been Regina Industries’ forte. They now have 20 injection moulding machine variants ranging from 22 tonnes to 150 tonnes with a shot weight between 1 g and 300 g.

During the plastic injection moulding process, plastic in the form of granules is melted until it is soft enough to be injected under pressure to fill a mould. The plastic materials used - complying to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 standard quality certification - cover a wide range of commercial polymers such as polythene, polypropylene and polystyrene to the engineering polymers such as nylon, acetal and polycarbonate.

Injection Mould Tooling

Tool making is core to achieving a quality moulded product. Regina’s in-house injection mould tooling is produced using CNC lathes and machining centres, milling, grinding and spark erosion (EDM) and many other machinery in its dedicated toolroom. Our company’s injection mould tooling facility is equipped to ensure complete collaboration with the client throughout the crux of the product life cycle, from conceptualization through to finished product.

The company tailors its injection mould tooling to suit the application (samples only or limited run or high volume production) as each application will have an effect on the demand placed on the mould tool and, ultimately, the cost.

Tubular Glass Containers

The company manufactures tubular glass vials and containers, and offers three material variants of pharmaceutical-grade tubular glass:

1. Soda Glass

A regular kind of glass used in all applications, soda glass containers are produced using blowing, moulding and other machining techniques. This glass is an optimal option when the applications do not demand resistance against thermal shock (cycles of rapid cooling and heating).

2. Borosilicate Glass

Borosilicate glass, also called "Pyrex" glass, has two main constituents - boric oxide and silica. This type of glass is useful for labware and kitchenware as it has a low coefficient of expansion, meaning it can bear heavy thermal loads for long periods of time.

3. Neutral Glass

Neutral glass, as the name suggests, is a median between borosilicate glass and soda glass. It contains less soda ash but more silica and boron than soda glass. It is distinct from borosilicate but still nearly as heat resistant.

The company’s machines can process glass diameters from 4mm to 80mm and lengths from 20mm to 1,000mm; round and flat bases, with or without rim.

Precision Machined Products

Precision machined products are supplied to a wide range of industries.

The company’s precision machining supports low-volume production at faster lead times. It is necessary to have the most accurate and high-performing machine to achieve best results from the product development cycle. For this, Regina acquired several sophisticated precision machines including XYZ & Alpha CNC lathes, Hurco & Bridgeport machining centres, EDM spark erosion, and cylindrical grinding internal/external & surface machine.

Contact Details

Regina Industries Ltd.
Regina Building, Brookhouse Road,
Parkhouse Industrial Estate West,
Staffordshire, ST5 7RU,
Tel: +44 01782 565 646
Fax: +44 01782 565 610

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